Salvation Army's Boys & Girls Club Receives Grants

Salvation Army's Boys & Girls Club Receives Grants

However a $300,000 shortfall will threaten operations for 2014...

    Fair Park 10th grader Donald Johnson is just one of the hundreds of students who have been fed in mind and body through the Salvation Army's Boys & Girls club since 2008. 

"It helped me a lot. Without it I would have been on the street. It's just such a positive atmosphere," Johnson said. 

However, financially it's no easy turnaround. 

"We operate on a half million dollar budget a year. We see 85 kids a day," Executive Dir Paige Smith said. 

Community partners are pitching in $200,000 to keep the 21,000 sq. ft facility up and running. It's always free of charge for every child coming from underprivileged local neighborhoods. 

Unless the club can raise the $300,000 the budget won't be the same for 2014. 

"We might have to cut down on staff or the number of kids we actually serve. It'll be a drastic change," Smith said.

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